Janowski: Signs your Galaxy S3 might have a virus

Apr 28, 2013 @ 12:00 am

Runtime: 4:15

IN's technology editor says Android-based smart phones are gaining in popularity with advisers -- and, unfortunately, virus writers.

Video Transcript

Mobile use is up among advisers a great deal, using mobile devices both tablets which we know are very commonly used especially iPads which in our Usage and Satisfaction Survey, the second annual of which we did last year, we found 85.5% of advisers are using iPads, but last year we also found it for the first time the Android operating system hit double digits, so we had 13.3% of advisers using some type of Android device, tablet device at that point. It didn't really go granular on a results with Smartphones. Since that time I've served on a few panels discussing technology to a couple of national conferences and we did a raise of hands asking advisers what they were using and it turns out that of course iPad and iPhone are by far the most popular, but coming up quickly behind them in the Smartphone category are Android Smartphones and for the first time one of the most popular, well the world's most popular Android device is the Samsung SIII, so a Smartphone, it actually got a very large screen and it's one of the first Smartphones that I think a lot of advisers would be seriously considering carrying around as sort of a go-to device when they get a call from a client and wanting to look up something, even the iPhone screen real-estate there is a little too small for them to really want to pull up a lot in the way of their client's accounts and or transaction activity, but the SIII really bridges that gap between kind of between the tablet size and the Smartphone's smaller screens. A potential problem for advisers, they need to keep an eye on if they're using the Android platform for their Smartphone is there have been a lot of attacks, malware attacks targeting Android because of it's, in developer terms it's a pretty easy, intuitive, fast platform to develop for so just like any other app these guys are developing malware whether it's advertising stuff or actual anti, well actual virus things that won't affect your system and do harm, there's a lot more malware out there in the ecosystem that you can be picking up. Some signs to look for that you might had be infected on your Android Smartphone would be spikes in your usage in your data plan, if your bill is a lot higher than it has been in months past and you can't really figure out why, that's one thing. Battery drain, that's another potential sign, if it's running down a lot more quickly than it has been and it's still relatively new so the battery wouldn't have been aged. Another thing to look for is maybe phone calls that are being dropped, disruptions in your calling that seems to be maybe a pattern or happening more frequently in place as you normally have bad coverage, it would be another sign. So, those are some of the things that you need to watch for and if you start to see, consider getting some kind of a suite to run on your phone itself. I turn myself to an old friend of mine, Neil Rubenking, who runs the Security Watch blog over at my alma mater, PCMagazine.com, who has in turn turned to a place called EVE-Test, based in Germany that conducts really comprehensive suite of tests on Android devices to see if they can stop malware. Two firms really stood out in the latest batch of testing they did, one is called TrustGo: Mobile Security and another is LookOut Antivirus & Security, and then several names that'll be familiar to you from the PC Anti-virus World also did quite well, among them would be Symantec Mobile Security Suite, Trend Micro Mobile Security Suite and the Hit Defender Mobile Security Suite, so those are all, you know, five, that are probably gonna do, well free, the first two; TrustGo and Lookout, each stopped 100%, the other three were somewhere in the 99% range, and we'll provide links separately in our story on how to find those.

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